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Providence defeats DePaul 83-72: Game Recap

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Kris Dunn notched the first Providence triple double in nine years as PC takes sole possession of first place in the Big East.

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Kris Dunn is the next big thing in the Big East

All season long, Dunn has made huge strides to his game. He's made the transition from Bryce Cotton much easier for the Friars, often taking over this Providence team from its accomplished leader LaDontae Henton and leading them to victory on multiple occasions. If the nation didn't know his name before, they sure as hell know it know. Dunn got off today, scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, becoming the ninth Providence player to record a triple double, the first since Geoff McDermott did it in 2006.

The glass slipper is falling off for DePaul

It's not midnight yet, but the glass slipper is starting to come off for the Blue Demons, who played a much better second half after shooting just 32 percent in the first half. DePaul looked very sloppy in the opening frame, coughing the ball up and failing to get back in transition, allowing Providence to break this game wide open early. There's still a lot of time left for DePaul to work out the kinks, but they might wanna erase the first half game tape when reviewing this one.

Providence moves into first place

With the win, the Friars move into sole possession of first place in the Big East (thanks Creighton!) The defending Big East champs have won five of their last six games and are getting hot at a good time. Bear in mind, their upcoming schedule for the coming weeks is not favorable. Since this game was postponed until this afternoon, PC will have less than 48 hours to move on and prepare for Saturday's matchup with St. John's at MSG. After that, the Friars stay on the road for rematches against Georgetown and Xavier, two teams Providence needed overtime to defeat, before they welcome No. 7 Villanova and Seton Hall to the Dunk. It's a long way to the top, but staying there requires a lot more work.